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Boasian Verse The Poetic and Ethnographic Work of Edward Sapir, Ruth Benedict, and Margaret Mead

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 11/2022
Edizione: 1° edizione

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Boasian Verse explores the understudied poetic output of three major twentieth-century anthropologists: Edward Sapir, Ruth Benedict, and Margaret Mead. Providing a comparative analysis of their anthropological and poetic works, this volume explores the divergent representations of cultural others and the uses of ethnographic studies for cultural critique. This volume aims to illuminate central questions, including: Why did they choose to write poetry about their ethnographic endeavors? Why did they choose to write the way they wrote? Was poetry used to approach the objects of their research in different, perhaps ethically more viable ways? Did poetry allow them to transcend their own primitivist, even evolutionist tendencies, or did it much rather refashion or even amplify those tendencies? This in-depth examination of these ethnographic poems invites both cultural anthropologists and students of literature to reevaluate the Boasian legacy of cultural relativism, primitivism, and residual evolutionism for the twenty-first century. This volume offers a fresh perspective on some of the key texts that have shaped twentieth- and twenty-first-century discussions of culture and cultural relativism, and a unique contribution to readers interested in the dynamic area of multimodal anthropologies.


Introduction 1. Soothing Blindness, Piercing Insight: Ruth Benedict’s Verse Concealing Disclosures Yearning for Lost Plenitude Of Syncretisms, Foils, and Cautionary Examples 2. Margaret Mead: How to Make It New, Differently Reinventing the Social World Toward an Anthropology of the Senses The Public and the Private, In and Out of Verse 3. Exerting Poetic License: Edward Sapir’s Poetry Little Canadian Flowers Poetry Magazine Playing Seriously with Genres Of Desert Sirens Conclusion


Philipp Schweighauser is Professor of North American and General Literature at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He received his PhD in Anglophone Literary Studies from the same university. After a research stay at the University of California, Irvine (2000–2001), a postdoc position at the University of Berne (2003–2007), and an assistant professorship at the University of Göttingen (2007–2009), he returned to the University of Basel in 2009. From 2012 to 2020, Schweighauser served as the president of the Swiss Association for North American Studies. He is the co-editor of eight edited volumes or special issues and the author of two monographs: Beautiful Deceptions: European Aesthetics, the Early American Novel, and Illusionist Art (U of Virginia P, 2016) and The Noises of American Literature, 1890–1985: Toward a History of Literary Acoustics (UP Florida, 2006).

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Dimensioni: 9 x 6 in Ø 1.13 lb
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:6 b/w images and 6 halftones
Pagine Arabe: 182
Pagine Romane: x

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